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super bowl of foreign policy. a lot of things happening. all eyes on syria. leaders from iran, israel, libya, tunisia. it's going to be a big week, and it sets the tone for foreign policy worldwide for the rest of 9 year. >> we'll be watching, no doubt. >> and thank you, too, for joining us. see you very soon. tomorrow on "starting point," race driver danica patrick. >> cool. >> awesome. "cnn newsroom" with carol costello happening right now. >> thanks. hall of fame, ref rage, call it what you will. a new push to get the replacement refs banned in one state. monday night's game, a banker, with no professional experience. tornado terror. at least three twisters tear through the midwest this morning. storms stretch from pennsylvania to oklahoma. poll position. president obama pulling ahead in
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several debattleground states. florida, pennsylvania and ohio, where mr. romney is now trailing by ten points. plus this -- >> israel frustrate the that iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad will address the unja on the holiest of jewish holidays. will his comments ratchet up tensions even higher? live from jerusalem. "newsroom" starts now. and good morning. i'm carol costello. ref rage. a lot of people sayal deba aing ruining the day. it's not just about saving face. it's about saving sunday. >> reporter: in controversy here. the winning touchdown call of the infamous disputed play was
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by the book. still, nearly everyone is talking trash, from the ladies on "the talk." >> feels unfair, looks unfair it is unfair. >> to republican vice president candidate paul ryan. >> did you watch that packer game last night? >> reporter: to the president of the united states. who says -- i've been saying for months, we've got to get our refs back. oh, mr. president, that is a bipartisan plea. roger goodell, the nfl commission sir trying. now from contracts with the once beloved men in stripes. players yearn for their return too, although not many are willing to put their money where their mouths are. >> what would you give of your own salary to get the real refs back? >> i'm not going to get into that. you know, let the league take care of that. so i try not to worry about that, just worry about the things i can control. >> reporter: what's a fan to do? espn is pushing ten ways to make
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your outrage known. among them, swear off watching games four games a week. use negative hash tags about the nfl and roger goodell and boo the games you do attend. fan wes tas we talked to were receptive. >> watch something else. >> i'm not watching the thursday night game. tell you that. >> reporter: the sad part, just about everyone agrees the whole replacement ref controversy is getting in the way of our love for the game -- except for maybe a few seattle fans. >> got a w. that's all has matters. >> keep the replacement officials going. i'm a big fan. >> reporter: yeah. just wait. uh-huh. national football league players association is piling on. a statement from the executive director says in part, it is the nfl's duty to provide a workplace that is as safe as possible while the focus today is about a blown call and the outcome of one football game, our focus as a family of players is and will remain squarely on
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workplace safety. new jersey senate president, steve sweeney is so concerned about players' safety he's pushing a bill to ban replacement refs from giants and jets home games. he joins us now. welcome, senator. >> thanks for having me. >> first question, why as a politician are you getting involved in this? >> honestly, the nfl is committing consumer fraud on the public. they can put anybody in a uniform and say they're ref riffs and they're not. people spend a lot of money to go to nfl games and there's a lot of money invested in nfl games and they're committing fraud right now on the public and it's not right. you know, we license boxing officials to make sure that boxers are safe. these players' health is at risk, and it's just wrong what the nfl is doing. during the summer, they said they would never allow these refs to go into the league. they're in the league. it's week three. i was on the radio with the
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commissioner of the lingerie football league yesterday, and he told me that some of the people that were actually officiating these game was fired from his league. so that's what we have in a game that we really truly enjoy. it's not fair to the consumer. that's why. >> i'd like to ask you this. in the end, when all is said and done, it's just a football game. right? >> sure it is, and look, there's a whole lot of important things to do right now focused on trying to raise the minimum wage in the state of new jersey. again, this is about consumers, and this is fraud being committed in this entire country, and it's not fair to it people that actually support this league. we got sued by the nfl when we pass add law to allows sports betting in new jersey, because their issue was the integrity of the game. you can't have it both ways. you can't have fake officials and, again, the mayor could put a uniform on and do a better job that these guys are doing. high school lingerie football
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league officials that were fired. it's not what we're paying for. fraud is when you pay for something and you get a lesser product than what you paid for. this is wrong. >> okay. so bottom line, mike, what chances does this -- this bill that you've introduced -- have you introduced it yet? i'm not sure. what are the chances it will pass the new jersey state legislature and chris christie will sign it into law? >> listen, i can't get a promise from the governor. i haven't spoken to him yet but i can tell you i'm the senate president and can pass it in the senate and lie work with the assembly to get it passed. look, this is just a fairness issue. this is wrong. players safety is at risk, and let's get beyond this. do the right thing by the american public. these guys are billionaire owners. how about thinking about the fans for once? >> senator steve sweeney, new jersey state senate president. thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you. on to national politics now. you're looking at live pictures out of westerville, ohio. mitt romney is about to hold a rally there. hitting the buckeye state hard
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with three stops in ohio throughout the day. and governor romney needs to rev up the crowd in ohio because there's a stunning new poll ot today and it's not looking good for mr. romney. a quinnipiac "new york times" poll shows romney is trailing president obama in ohio by ten points among registered voters. among women in ohio, the dwoo ed is more stark. obama leads by 25 points. among young voters, obama leads by a staggering 35 points. romney's political director, though, says he's not worried. >> they're sorting spiking the ball at the 30 yard line right now. ohio, there's still 42 days to go. we are in it by any stretch, inside the margin of error in ohio and the obama campaign will have problems there. >> public polls are what the public polls are. i hope the obama campaign is basing their campaign off of the public polls. we don't. we base it off of our data and our message. >> cnn's national political
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correspondent is in westerville, ohio, jim acosta. jim, seriously, the answer from the romney camp is that the polls aren't trustworthy? >> reporter: well, i think one thing we heard from mitt romney yesterday, we had a chance to talk to him, carol, and he basically said, well, polls come up and polls go down. that was basically the message that came from his political director, you played the sound from the campaign plane yesterday. i was on the plane with him. we were pressing him on the polling numbers and the romney campaign insisted there is plenty of time to pill this out and pointed that out during the primaries, we're behind in critical states battling rick santorum and able to come from behind and win some of those states. what's happening right now. mitt romney about to come out on the stage joined by the governor of the state, john kasich and golf legend jack nicklaus, sort of the pride of the state, on the stage behind me. because of poll numbers in ohio,
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romney is in a major sand trap now and could use a good pitching wedge to get out of the fix he's in now. i had a chance to ask mitt romney yesterday during our interview about some of his campaign tactics. you know, carol, in the last couple of weeks he spent as much time as fund-raisers as he has out on the road campaigning in swing states. when i asked about whether or not that was a strategic error, here's what he had to say. >> you said recently you've spent just as much time at fund-raisers as you have in swing states since the convention. looking back, wases th s thatha tactical error? >> it's to go across the country, raise money, have ads on tv. we're very busy. no time out of. it's around the clock work and we're taking our refg to the people of ohio and across the country and poll goes up and down. frankly you'll see the support i need to become president on election day. people recognize we don't want a government getting larger and larger and more intrusive in our lives and have a question about what course america's going to take.
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>> reporter: and, carol, it's not just how the polling looks in ohio that cbs "new york times" times poll came out this morning showi ining mitt romney work to do in florida, down by nine points, and in pennsylvania, a state keeping their eye on. he's down by 12 points in pennsylvania, according to the latest poll. a lot of catching up to do and not a lot of time to do it, when you look at the calendar. yes, plenty of days to go, but the first presidential debates start on, next wednesday, and once we get into that stretch, there's going to it be debate after debate after debate. not at much time to get out on the campaign trail and that presents a problem for this campaign. >> all right, jim acosta. i know you're going to listen to romney's speech and bring us new sound bites as he begins speaking. jack nicklaus speaking and introducing the governor. jim acosta, thanks. see you later. the romney campaign has k p company in ohio. president obama makes stops
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there with rails at two universities. bowling green and kent state university. coming up, kent state university in northeast ohio. student there are really excited. you see them here lining up for tickets to see the president. we'll talk to a student reporter at the bottom of the hour. the outspoken and controversy leader of iran addresses the united nations general assembly later today. a live look for you at the united nations. the leader of the ivory coast speaking right now. the iranian president, mahmoud ahmadinejad is scheduled to speak in about two hours. western lead verse a history of walking out on his speeches. in a sign of protest. demonstrators are expected outside the u.n. during his address. and disapproval already lobbed in the direction of ahmadinejad. monday, walking out on a session when iran's president began to speak. the two countries are at odds over iran's nuclear program. sara sidner joins us live from jerusalem.
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what's the reaction there? we were curious. >> reporter: well, carol, what's interesting is, today is a very, very important, perhaps the most sacred of jewish holiday, yom kippur. what's happening today, no newspapers printed. no newspapers deliverrd and we're hearing absolutely nothing from israeli leaders at this point in time. they've kept quiet. probably awaiting to hear what ahmadinejad has to say when he speaks to the unga. i can tell you over the years, a lot of frustration with the remarks he has made in front of all of the u.n. member states. we were able to speak with, for example, deputy prime minister dare maradohr on monday. talked about incendiary comments ahmadinejad makes, the leadership makes, military commanders have made. earlier in the month we heard a military commander saying from iran that if israel were to strike that iran would strike back and there would be nothing
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left of israel. those kind of comments, lots of complaints about those. people saying, you cannot say that about a u.n. member state. you cannot say you're going to, you know, wipe a country off the face of the earth, but those comments also kind of tamped down a bit, because as you know, ahmadinejad spoke with cnn's peers morgan this week as well. when asked specifically about that, wipe israel off the map comment, we've seen quoted so much. he said what was meant by that, they wanted to wipe the occupation away from the israeli/palestinian conflict. so you'll are hearing from mr. ahmadinejad and you'll certainly get reaction, but you're not hearing anything here in the leadup to his speech. >> sara sidner reporting live from jerusalem. thank you. tornadoes touched down in illinois last night. we'll look at the damage now that it's daylight. [ female announcer ] kristine tweets, "have a yoplait.
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recent polls, mr. romney has some catching up to do with president obama. latest cbs quinnipiac new york times polls shows romney trailing by ten points in ohio but introduced by jack nicklaus a superstar in the state of ohio and mr. romney is hoping that helped. checking other top stories at 16 past the hour, soldier at fort hood in texas charged with manslaughter after shooting a fellow serviceman. police say the soldier use add gun to scare away his friend's hiccups but the gun accidentally discharged and hit the 22-year-old man in the face. the two had been drinking. despite calls from fellow republicans to step down, missouri representative todd akin is staying in the race. yesterday was the last possible day to remove his name from the november ballot, but the candidate who caused a firestorm after his comments about "legitimate rape" says he has one purpose, and that is replacing democrat claire mccaskill. we want to show you remarkable pictures out of greece. this morning, thousands of workers pouring into the streets
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as part of a general strike. they are protesting the austerity plan at the nearly bankrupt government. you can see it's pretty nasty there. s $14 billion in cuts to wages, pensions and benefits and those people don't like that one bit. at least one tornado touched down in rural southwestern illinois. take a look at this twister. storm chasers caught this. it was moving across farmland east of st. louis. also reports of hail as large at 2 1/2 inches. golf ball-sized hail? >> that and maybe even tennis ball-size hail. not just wind damage, significant stuff happened. one injury, a person taken to the hospital. minor stuff. here's the funnel itself. fast forward to the damage done. a number of homes, mostly farmhouses east of st. louis damaged with this thing and also a tractor trailer was flipped on its side. that's where the injury came along the interstate. remarkable. the one tornado that touched down yesterday. multiple reports from that
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particular cell. also quite a bit of rainfall from this. look at the stretch of observed rainfall. the white indicates anywhere from six to eight, maybe ten inches of estimated rainfall. for the most part, a good thing. here's the drought. still involved with the drought especially around the nation's corn belt. need it the most. betting a little. trying to point out the good in that. a stalled frontal boundary will be the focal point for more severe thunderstorms today. south of st. louis and to the east, that's where that thunderstorm dropped that tornado yesterday. you're again under the gun. also, this stretch all the way to baltimore, the potomac river back through the ohio river and another slice of potentially severe weather here. main threats damaging wind and some hail. again, isolated threat of a tornado, but yesterday's was certainly remarkable. >> you're not kidding. thank you. more people are buying up newerly built homes. that could be great news if you're looking to sell. [ female announcer ] born from the naturally sweet monk fruit,
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22 minutes past the hour. here is a headline we could all enjoy. new signs the housing market is
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recovering, and in about 30 minutes the u.s. commerce department releases new numbers for august home sales. analysts are expecting sales to increase by 380,000 homes. that's up from july when sales increased by 372,000 homes. so should we all be dancing in the streets? our business guru christine romans is here to tell us. hi, kristine. >> good morning, carol. so nice to put one or two or three months of good housing news back to back and report it to you. at 10:00 we'll get the new home sales, and you just give the forecasts. why new home sales are so important because a new house means construction workers, it means people pouring concrete, truck drivers. it means people making the windows and the material to go into it, and then it means couches and carpeting and all of the things that come with buying the furnishings for a new home. so every new home is a little economic driver incredibly important. existing homes, the used homes we buy and sell, that's the bulk of all home sales, those have been showing signs of life, too,
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carol. for three months in a row, the prices of existing homes has been going up. and i haven't been able to say that in years. sales are innicreasing for existing homes. northeast, 15%. the south, the southeast, almost 13%. and the west, it's been lagging. only about 4% increase in home sales, and some experts are saying it could take yearsened decades for the west to completely recover from the bubble, but you're seeing some signs of progress. i want to you listen here to a realtor in washington, d.c. told us. >> it's becoming more and more of a sellers' market and less and less of a buyers' market. things are absolutely outstanding. open houses are busy. buyers are getting internet response to listing, getting a lot of calls on listings and things are moving fast. >> the d.c. area has been doing pretty good the past couple of years because there's so much money flooding into washington,
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d.c. it's not exactly the whole country, but that is at least one good spot, and mortgage rates are very have low. fed says mortgage rates will continue to be quite low. ever financed, my dear? >> yes, i have. i listen to your advice, kristine. christine. did you refinance, carol? you told me. >> i'm glad. glad. send me some chocolates. >> i will. and flowers. thanks, christine. >> you're welcome. republicans are trying to woo young voters. >> you're just not the person i thought you were. it's not me. it's you. i think we should just be friends. >> tell us why you're breaking up with president obama at break up with obama dotcom. >> if these lines at kent state university are any indication, there is still plenty of love for the president. ♪
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good morning. thank you so much for joining us. i'm carol costello. we're coming up on 30 minutes past the hour. stories we're watching now in the "newsroom," a couple minutes away from the opening bell at the new york stock exchange. wall street expected to hope flat today. this as investors keep a close eye on the european debt crisis. yesterday stocks finished down reaching two-week lows. ringing the bell today --
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[ speaking in foreign language ] mexico. i tried. and the prime ministers of the uk and japan speak later this morning along with the presidents of egypt and yemen. biggest speech could come from the iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad who will speak in a couple of hours. protests are expected before and during his address. and two senators demanding more information is on the deadly attack that killed the u.n. ambassador to libya, chris stevens. sending a letter to the secretary. they want to know about the threats and security concerns in benghazi before the attack. stevens was one of four ameri n americans killed in that september 11th attack. okay. so i must ask you to indulge me. president obama will hold a rally at kent state university in northeast ohio later today, and as you may know, i graduated from consekent state and the sts
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are not only excited about the visit but eager for what he has to say. pictures taken by kent state opportunities. many lined up a the 2:30 in the morning to get a ticket. some 2,000 students showed up. at one point, the line wound around five buildings. >> we have been here since 3:30 in the morning. >> half an hour's sleep. >> oh, my gosh. >> kent state university has an excellent journalism program. i know because i got my degree there and kind of owe my career to kent. with me now, rich pierce, student director of tv 2, the student television station on campus, haanchoring kent state' coverage today. welcome. >> hi. thanks for having me. >> glad you're here. i'm good. set the scene for me. is it a mad house on campus? >> well, yeah. i mean, that's all anyone's talking about this week since we found out the president was coming today. seems like no matter what the
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political view is, whether they're republican, democrat or other, they're excited just to have the first sitting president to visit kent state in 100 years, since william howard taft did it in 1912. people are so excited, in fact, they started lining up last night to get good seats at about 10:00. students aren't going to be allowed in until 3:30 this afternoon. still have six more hours and it stormed last night. dedicated. braving eligible. some have tents, umbrellas. like a rock concert. >> what issues resonate for students today? >> well, number one issue that we've heard from from students is, how is the president going to make college more affordable? whether it's grants. whether it's student loans. people want to know about the sticker price of education, plain and simple, but we also have a lot of international students on campus, and they want to hear what the president has to say about the middle east. what's been going on especially lately. we also have a very high
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population of lgbt students, and they want to know about social issues. especially the president's stance on gay marriage. really, people are looking for a lot of different things out of the president today. i'm not sure if they're going to get it, though. we still don't know what he'll talk about. >> we'll see. i'm curious. if mitt romney had visited the camp its what do you suppose the reaction would have been? >> i still think excitement in the air, because there would have been possibly the next president of the united states visiting campus, but there probably would be more protests, more people against coming out early, still expect there to be some protesting today, but not as much, because it is the president of the united states and people are mostly excited. yeah. if mitt romney came i don't think he'd receive quite the reception but still a lot of excitement in the air, jft because, you know, this man could be the most powerful man in the world in just a couple of months. >> rich pierce, thank you so much, tv 2, the kent state university campus television station. thank you.
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i was anchor there one day myself. back in the day, a federal judge moving on now. deciding if the o.j. simpson of his day will get a new trial. did jeffry mcdonald slaughter his family? ahhhh drill sound chirping electric shaver shaking remote tapping sound shaking drill chirping tapping shaking remote wouldn't it be great to have one less battery to worry about? car honking irping the 2012 sonata hybrid. the only hybrid with a lifetime hybrid battery warranty. from hyundai.
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jeffrey macdonald has been in prison more than three decades and now a federal judge will decide if he deserves another trial. his court hearing officially ended tuesday. a quick recap of the case for you. macdonald an army doctor accused of killing his wife and two daughters in 1970 at fort bragg. he claimed a group of drugged out hippies attacked him and his family. the jury didn't buy it and kwected him in 1979. through the years a drug addict confessed she was in the house during the murders which she actually denied on the stand during macdonald's trial.
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>> in 1979 i was afraid i was going to go to prison. jeffrey macdonald is an incident man a. confused and pathetic figure from the very beginning. go talk to her. i'm sure she'll talk to you and she'll say anything to anybody. yund find the justice describing her as a defective light bulb. her memory blinking on and off. >> the man you just heard from, joe mcginniss, author of "fatal vision" a book which became later a tv movie. saying he was befriended and then betrayed him portraying him as guilty. author of the book "a wilderness of error," arguing macdonald never got a fair trial. thank you so much for being with us. >> glad to be here. thank you for having me. >> the hearing is now over, but the judge hasn't made his decision. what in your mind was the most important factor to come out of
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that hearing? >> new evidence. new evidence about helena stokley, the woman who has repeatedly confessed. i don't know how many people, literally dozens of people that she was in the house that night. essentially she is confirming macdonald's version of what happened. >> and, of course, she's now dead. so does that make things more difficult, do you think? >> yes. but still she left a trail of evidence behind her, including an extensive hour-long interview with "60 minutes," never aired, in which she repeatedly confessed to having been involved with the murders. >> and now supposedly -- >> how many -- how many years do we have to go before we get to hear the evidence?
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>> there were other things found in that house that have just now come to light. evidently haired fund underneath the fingernails of the 2-year-old killed in that house. prosecutors say it could have come from anywhere. there's a lot of stuff in people's homes and those hairs might mean nothing at all. >> i have argued in my book. a lot of people watch csi shows. well, this is a real opportunity to look at evidence and to decide for yourself what that evidence really shows. there's a lot of new evidence in my book "a wilderness of error," i would urge people to have a look at it. jeffrey macdonald never received a fair trial. he shouldn't be in prison, and it's my hope that the judge will overturn the 1979 conviction. >> joe mcginniss, author of "fatal vision" testified against
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macdonald and maintains to this day macdonald is guilty's why do you think he's not credible? >> many, many, many reason s its been shown that a lot of the material in "fatal vision" he made up out of whole cloth. he came up way motivation for macdonald, which makes, to me, little or no sense. he said bed-wetting plus diet pills plus psychopathy led this man to kill his family. no evidence of any kind of mental disorder. he's been interviewed by dozens of psychiatrists. millions of people took these diet bills. there's no evidence he took them to excess. and bed-wetting? this is a green beret emergency room doctor. are we saying that he had never seen bodily fluids before?
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that the fact that his daughter wet the bed caused him to slaughter his family in cold blood? no. i don't buy it. doesn't make any sense. >> we'll see what the judge decides, and thank you so much for being with us. we really appreciate it. the book is, like, awesome. thank you so much. >> thank you very much. it's the one gadget many of us cannot do without, but could cell phones -- could they cause brain tomb jeumorstumors? new research out there. dr. sanjay gupta takes a look. with the spark cash card from capital one,
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wonderful christmas special he used to put on and his famousing on song "moon river" andy williams dead at the age of 84 and a lot of research surfaced, so much the u.s. government accountability office is urging the fcc to update their safety regulations. dr. sanjay gupta is here now, and he's looked into this. i don't know. you always worry if you can get, you know, a tumor from talking on the phone. >> right. i mean, and i have two phones. we use our phones all the time. >> one for each ear. >> exactly. an interesting thing. what we're talking about is something we're not 100% sure about yet. cell phones have only been widely use in this country since '96. surprises people. not that long. we're talking about non-ionizing radiation. terms are important. this is be problematic.
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x-rays, things like that. too much of that causes cancer. non-ionizing a question mark. recent studies came out saying, look, this non-ionizing radiation can change your brain. increases gl glucose your brai usual. and heat, what does that do over the long term? the heaviest cell phone users, using them the most, over ten years, were at increased risk of a certain type of brain tumor and other studies came out saying basically looking at the overall effect of that non-ionizing on the brain. a possible carcinogen. a vague term. >> like, what? >> that's the exhaust fumes, a possible carcinogen too. takes a long time to develop a cause and effect relationship. they're saying there's enough to be concerned. >> is that how the rules have changed? is that why the fcc must update its radiation?
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>> radiation in phones have gone down. what we use now versus 15 years ago is much different. they still have come down in terms of overall radiation levels. there was an answer a few years ago, no connection whatsoever. don't worry about this. now people are saying, maybe there's something here and it's taking longer to develop. >> okay. something you just said intrigued me. you have an iphone, that's safer than a good old-fashioned cell phone? >> some of them have more, less radiation that's being given out, but if you read the package inserts whip the phones? do you do that? >> come on. you know me. >> read it. it says hold the phone a certain distance away from your head. who does that? nobody does that. they actually give you ear pieces with the phones for that reason. even in the manufacturing's advice to consumers, don't put it directly next to your body. about an inch or so hold it a y
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away. >> doctor, what should we do? >> i think about it a lot. kids more vulnerable. they'll use them all their lives. i use the earpiece. carry it with me. i use an earpiece forcing you to keep the phone further away from your body. if you're having a really bad signal, that's when the phone's actually giving out the most of this radiation. trying hard to get a signal. >> hang up. >> so hang up the phone. hello, hello? can you hear me? >> okay. advice taken. dr. sanjay gupta, thank you. >> you got it. to get more advice from dr. gupta go to cnn.com/ourmobilesociety. you can also find other stories about how mobile technology is changing our world. thanks, sanjay. packers fans might call is monday night fusoof fiasco. saying they were robbed. we'll talk about it.
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even though packer fans feel they were robbed by the ref in monday night football, they can still laugh about it. check out the replacement weather guy at green bay tv station wgba. >> 200 degrees below today. we're looking at it. it's really going to heat up. it's going to be like 346 degrees. >> get out of here. what is going on? what have you got here, a thunder hurricane? >> oh, man. those weather delivery people. glad weather guy is back on the job. the 346 degrees looked brutal. wisconsin businesses has this offer for monday night refs.
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green bay's mayor also wants to see the correct calls on the field. he's writing to the nfl commissioner roger goodell hoping to get the regular refs back. >> hope he really understands how important this is to the people of green bay and to the economy here in wisconsin. >> mayor james schmidt tells goodell the league's integrity is at risk because of the referee performance. he covers the packers from wtmj in milwaukee. welcome. >> thank you very much. >> can you believe how big this has become? even the president of the united states has commented? >> not just the president of the united states but wisconsin governor scott walker who are usually on opposite sides of the political spectrum, they're on the same side of this. they're with green bay mayor's schmidt. let's bring them back after this debacle in seattle where as you see right in front of your
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screen, a packers player intercepted this pass and the referee didn't call it that way. as you mentioned, it has become huge over social media. i believe that t.j. lang, a packers guard, his tweet after the game was reportedly the second biggest sweet in the history of twitter. and as we've just found out this morning, at least reports from nfl.com, the packers are not going to be fined for their, shall we say, regularly tweeted comments that came out after that game tharp sent all over the world over social media. >> found that really interesting. i thought some of the tweets were over the top. usually the nfl would come down hard on players, but they're not in this case. why do you think that is? >> the league is claiming according to this report that they don't fine players for critical comments when it's outside of a certain time period on game day. however, it's being perceived by a lot of people as they're covering their rear end after making this mistake. >> okay. so there are a lot of people out there, too, saying that the
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replacement refs are interfering with the integrity of the game. the integrity of the very game? i mean, isn't that a little bit overblown? >> it can certainly be overblown in terms of some, shall we say, regular much more important issues in the world, but at the same time, so much is based on making sure these calls are right. teams being able to get into the playoffs and the economic impact that that can have for a community, for example, one of the reasons jim schmidt is discussing this. if the packers lose out on a playoff berth or playoff home game, that means tens of millions of dollars if not more that the green bay community can lose out because of one blown referee's call at the end of this game. >> well, there are an awful lot of nfl owners in the state of wisconsin so get busy. >> 366,000 of them. >> that's right. james, thank you so much. we appreciate your being with us today. >> any time. thank you. >> cool.
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of course the packers aren't the only ones who have had their issues with the replacement refss. espn is saying they've fined kyle shanahan $25,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct. he verbally abused those replacement refs. new england coach bill belichick and baltimore's coach john harbaugh will not be suspended for their actions in sunday night's game. of course, belichick could still face quite a hefty fine. we'll keep you posted. next hour of newsroom starts after a quick break. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] you've been years in the making. and there are many years ahead. join the millions of members who've chosen an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company.
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stories we're watching right now in "the newsroom." pocketbook issues. paying more for gas, consumer confidence is up and now new home sales on the rise. been a busy time for president bill clinton. the global initiative annual meeting wraps up today. clinton's out on the campaign
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trail for president obama, and he still finds time to sit down with piers morgan. six weeks until we choose a president and new information is out regarding the must-win state of ohio. mitt romney may be down but don't count him out. and the future is now. google's been working on the driverless car. now one state is letting the internet giant test this prototype on city streets. prototype on city streets. "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com and good morning. thank you so much for joining us. i'm carol costello. this just in to the newsroom. another sign the economy could be improving. just released a report showing that sales of new homes jumped again in august. but let's quickly take a look at some of the other encouraging numbers that have recently come out. home prices in 20 major cities have gone up for the past three months. consumers are spending more. one example, 3% more spent on household goods compared to
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2010. gas prices are down. still expensive. the national average at $3.83 a gallon. now let's break down the new home sales report to see if we actually should be jumping up and down in the streets. christine romans is here. what do the numbers say? >> jumping up and down in the streets. you should be trying to refinance your mortgage. we have 373,000 new home sales. these are new homes so as i told you before, every new home is a construction worker, a roofer, a plumber. it's a lot of economic activity because you're building that house from scratch. 1,000 better than the prior month but not exactly as much as wall street had been hoping for. they've been looking for more like 380,000. stocks are down just a little bit. no big move on it. more broadly, carol, we've been seeing these signs of life in housing. we've been seeing sales are starting to pick up for both new homes and for existing homes. we've seen that prices are starting to pick up.
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now those are new home sales. carol, look at the trend. look at the peak. at the peak of activity in '05 and '06, i mean, there were millions of people employed building houses. now the far right of your screen, that's where we are now, trying to get off the mat for new home sales. 373,000 new homes constructed in the most recent month. i want to show you quickly mortgage rates because that's something that is one of the drivers behind all of this. the market's improving in part because you can get 30-year money, carol, for 3.49%. a 15 year fixed mortgage, 2.77%. that's a popular refinancing tool. an existing home, that's the bigger part of the market. we've learned earlier this week that existing homes, those sales have been picking up nationwide. look at that, 20% increase in sales in the midwest. 13% in the south. 15% in the northeast and we know that home prices for existing homes have also ticked up three
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months in a row. three months in a row. prices are going up, carol. it's been years since i've been able to say that. >> i hope the trend continues is all i have to say. christine romans, thanks so much. tonight piers morgan welcomes former president bill clinton in a one-on-one interview from the clinton global initiative. in that interview he asked him about mitt romney and that now infamous 47% remark. >> mitt romney today came out with this line, which went down very well with the audience, what do you expect? if there's one thing a few words from bill clinton can do someone a lot of good. what words would you have for mitt romney given the state. election campaign right now? >> well, i think, you know, the debates are very important for him. >> crucial? >> i think so. and i think if he's going to double down on that 47% remark, that will cause difficulties
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because we now know that the overwhelming number of those people work and have children and the reason they don't pay federal income taxes is the median income is as low as it was in 1995 now and until the current election season, republicans and democrats supported both the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit. this is a rejection of basically more than three decades of bipartisan policy to support work and family. it's not a bunch of freeloaders. >> piers morgan joins me on the phone. hi, piers. >> good morning. >> thanks for being with me. it's interesting. president clinton looks like he's having so much fun on the campaign trail. it didn't look like he was having so much fun when he was campaigning for his own wife. >> i think he's obviously gone through a pretty lengthy period of a readjustment to the fact that barack obama was the guy that beat his wife and a very,
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very contentious campaign with lots of muscling on both sides. i think it affected his relationship with barack obama for the first few years of his presidency, but i think now that they've sorted things out between themselves and i think he said, look, he loves being center stage. the clinton global initiative is huge. it's attended by almost as many world leaders as the u.n. general assembly. you have a guy who really isn't president but for all intents and purposes is a very influential world leader. somebody said to me, who needs who more? does barack obama need bill clinton more or does bill clinton need barack obama more? i think they need each other. bill clinton, the inflew enser. i think for barack obama there's no more effective, articulate defender of his right to be re-elected right now than bill clinton. >> okay. >> so along the same lines is a new poll, quinnipiac, "new york times" poll that shows mr. obama is up by 10 points in the state
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of ohio over mitt romney. is that for the efforts of obama's great campaigning or does it have more to do with bill clinton and that widely admired speech he gave at the dnc? >> i think it's a lot to do with bill clinton. i think if you look at the way the polls have gone in the swing states since the convention, you have to say that the effect of bill clinton's speech has been extremely positive because he was able in that speech in a very detailed and mathematical incontrovertibly mathematical way present the argument for re-election for barack obama. i think he did it better than barack obama did. now that they are out there together, you've got to look at the romney campaign which is clearly in trouble, particularly in these swing states, the higher the gap is widening on an almost hourly basis, and you have to say where is his bill clinton. is it paul ryan? where is mitt romney going to find the kind of juggernaut support that barack obama is getting from bill clinton.
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the answer may well be there is only one bill clinton. that's a positive. >> i know you asked president clinton about mahmoud ahmadinejad's speech which will happen later in the general assembly. what did he say? >> he said there are mostly similarities as you see between saddam hussein and iraq which he had to deal with and between what we're facing with ahmadinejad and iran. he said, look, there is a fundamental difference. saddam was denying having any kind of intention to have nuclear power, whereas, in this case you have a man in ahmadinejad who openly admits they are enriching uranium to develop their nuclear capability. he says it's for peaceful means. i said to bill clinton, 100 million dollar question, do you believe it? >> no, i do not. on nuclear power i do not believe him. he thinks this is reaching the point, as the obama administration has said, there is a clear red line. i said what happens? this, again, is the huge
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question, isn't it, if israel launches some kind of preemptive strike against iran, what should america do? he said, look, that's a matter for his wife. she's the secretary of state. he doesn't want to say anything that would be contradictory to her although he did say i'm in agreement of the way hillary clinton and barack obama have so far dealt with this publicly. the clock is ticking. the great unanswered question, what is israel going to do. if they do do something preemptive, what does america do? i think it's a huge question and i think probably if you're president obama, you're hoping you don't have to deal with this before the election. >> that's for sure. piers morgan, thanks so much. can't wait to see the whole interview later tonight. piers morgan joining us live today. chelsea clinton, the former first daughter, is working with her father at the clinton global initiative and the clinton foundation. she says she's inspired by the work of her parents and always understood that service is a defining mission.
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>> i want to lead a life of service that will make my parents proud and also lead a life that when i do have children, not only make my children as proud of me, god willing, as i am of my parents, but that i can similarly embed in my children that same kind of ethos. >> in addition to the clinton global initiative, chelsea clinton teaches at new york university and is studying remotely at oxford university. okay. now to football and the nfl referees lockout and the new pressure on the league to settle after the monday night football debacle. most fans think the replacement refs blew that call but the nfl is not backing from their decision to the dismay of many packers' fans. green bay's mayor has now sent a letter to commissioner roger goodell asking for his help in bringing the regular refs back. the league and the refs met yet. cnn's brian todd has more on the
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labor dispute. >> reporter: after three weeks of controversy and complaint, the nfl's replacement referees literally decide the outcome of at least one game. on a desperation pass into the end zone, m.d. jennings of the green bay packers appears to catch the ball for an interception, but the refs rule golder tate has the possession. by rule it goes to the offensive player, tate. after a review. >> referee: the call on the field stands, touchdown. >> reporter: seahawks win. packers fume. >> don't ask me a question about the officials, all right? we'll cut to the chase right there. i've never seen anything like that in all my years in football. >> look at the replay and then the fact that it was reviewed is awful. that's all i'm going to say about it. >> reporter: tame compared to the tweet from packers offensive guard t.j. lang got fed by the refs. even president obama tweeted. nfl fans on both sides of the
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aisle hope the revs lockout is settled soon. this is after a disputed field goal gave the baltimore ravens a one point win over the new england patriots and a series of botched calls and misapplied rules that have driven coaches, players, and fans crazy. all this because of a labor dispute between the nfl and its regular referees that began when the league locked out the refs in june. >> reporter: the referees want more money asking more than the nfl's offer to increase the salaries from $149,000 a year to $189,000. compare that to the median nfl players salary, $770,000 a year. it's important to remember the average nfl playing career is only 3.5 years and most of the refs have other careers so these aren'tful-time jobs for them. >> reporter: the nfl wants to make the refs full time and to add more refs so the average referee would make less money. they want to move them to from a pension system to a 401k.
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but in the context of a business that brings in $9.5 billion a year, seems solvable. red cashen who worked two super bowls told me he doesn't blame the replacement refs who have been pulled from small colleges, high schools and lower level pro leagues. >> what were they not ready for at this level of the game? >> well, it's a combination of speed, things that happen. these folks are not used to these million dollar athletes. they're not used to 70,000, 80,000 fans in the stands or plays that happen with quickness and severity and the talent that these guys have. >> reporter: cashion says it takes two years to get used to that speed, to see the game in slower motion. the nfl issued a statement on the seahawks game saying it supports the decision not to overturn the on field ruling but the league also said there should have been a penalty for offensive pass interference against the seahawks receiver
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golden tate which would have ended the game in green bay's favor. brian todd, cnn washington. coming up later in this hour, we'll hear from a will you maker that has a bill to ban nfl replacement refs. first it was bank of america and citigroup and jpmorgan chase, now it seems wells fargo is the latest victim in a string of cyber attacks. ] ring. ring. progresso. your soups are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curlers! tomato basil, potato with bacon... we've got a lot of empty cans. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. like a squirrel stashes nuts, you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec® liquid gels. nothing starts working faster than zyrtec® at relieving your allergy symptoms for 24 hours. zyrtec®. love the air. at relieving your allergy symptoms for 24 hours. i i had pain in my abdomen...g. it just wouldn't go away. i was spotting, but i had already gone through menopause. these symptoms may be nothing...
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the united nations is gearing up for a visit by one of the world's most controversial leaders. the iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad will address leaders in an hour. speaking right now, that is the grand duke of luxembourg. let's check in with sarah side ner. i'm wondering as ahmadinejad's speech approaches, what are people saying in israel? >> it's interesting because today the israeli leaders have been absolutely silent on the fact that he is going to be speaking but that is because this is the most important holiday on the jewish calendar.
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j yom kippur, the day of atonement. you can bet that there will be people who will either read what he said in his speech or actually listen to it and will certainly hear some responses in the day after he speaks. as you know, he is expected to also -- we're going to hear from netanyahu on thursday who will speak to the u.n. general assembly. we'll certainly hear some comments there. but in the days that have led up to this, we did hear from the deputy prime minister who talked about the tensions between iran and israel and the fact that they believe iran is working on nuclear weaponry. he said, look, a regime that uses such insin did i air ri comments that threatens israel and other countries, threatens israel the way that it does, should never be allowed to get nuclear weaponry. here in israel there is a conversation that's beginning to happen, a very small group of people. they are against war. they are against nuclear proliferation. they say, look, israel's policy
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on the nuclear situation, it's nuclear policy of saying it doesn't confirm or deny that it has nuclear weapons could be seen as a threat to its neighbors. s israel is a country that has nuclear weapons. that is seen as threatening to others. >> it neither confirms nor denies. there's no testing. there's nothing to say this is a threat to the other countries in the region. iran is exactly the opposite. >> so you're hearing there the argument with people saying, look, there is a double standard there. israel is believed to have nuclear weapons. it's treated as a state that has nuclear weapons and yet it's telling iran it cannot have nuclear weapons. that being said, israeli leaders have always said, look, look at the threats that are made against us. threats recently we heard this month, for example, from one of the commanders in iran who basically said if israel strikes
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iran, iran will retaliate and there will be nothing left of israel. those kind of comments really, really make people nervous. you have a population very concerned that there may possibly be a war between iran and israel. >> sarah sidner reporting live from jew remembers is a lem this morning. we have to update you on greece because the protests are now turning violent. police are firing tear gas into a crowd of a group of protestors. they hurled stones and molotov cocktails. they have gathered in cities across greece to demonstrate against $14 billion in budget cuts. you've heard the term austerity? these protesters don't like it one bit. we'll check back if anything else develops. wells fargo may be the late nest a string of cyber attacks. now a muslim group is taking responsibility and say it will continue until the anti-islamist
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film is taken off of youtube. alison does anything is at the new york stock exchange. wells fargo isn't saying it was an apparent cyber attack. they said their users had intermittent access issues on tuesday. they couldn't get on all the time all day. we went ahead and looked at sitedo you know -- site down.co. that's coming after similar outages at bank of america and jpmorgan chase. that happened last week. they have claimed responsibility for all of this saying it's retaliation for the innocence of muslim film. while that is looking more likely, those claims have yet to be verified. wells fargo is not commenting on the source of the problem. now one thing to note in these types of attacks, carol, that these websites are usually hit with a huge flood of traffic to
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try to slow them down or knock them out entirely. so i just want to know here that no customer information was breached in any of these situations. carol. >> that's a good thing. alison kosik reporting live from the new york stock exchange. both presidential candidates battling it out in ohio today. a new poll shows president obama with a double digit lead. only question, with 41 days until the election, can he keep it? people making stuff. companies have to invest in making things. infrastructure, construction, production. we need it now more than ever. chevron's putting more than $8 billion dollars back in the u.s. economy this year. in pipes, cement, steel, jobs, energy. we need to get the wheels turning. i'm p. making real things... for real. ...that make a real difference. ♪
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one of the most contentious issues dividing mitt romney and barack obama in this election is immigration. what should america do with millions of undocumented immigrants living, studying, and working here. casey buy and has a look at their competing plans. >> reporter: angelica hernandez was 9 when she first crossed the border with her mother and
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sister. >> i still remember crossing the desert. having to keep in the desert because it was getting late. we had been walking for hours. my mom would hold, you know, my sister in one arm and me on the other arm and, you know, just pray that nothing would happen. >> reporter: but their human smuggler was pulled over for speeding and they were deported. their second crossing succeeded. entering school as a fourth grader, hernandez was teased because she spoke no english. now paul babneuw has spent much of highs career fighting smugglers. he has been in 350 high speed pursuits involving smugglers. >> they look at the humans as product. they don't care about their safety. they get in a wreck and just walk away. >> he strongly supports arizona laws cracking down on illegal immigration. >> the impact has been so tremendous, not only billions of dollars in impact to our budget,
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but the crimes that are associated. many crimes committed against the illegals themselves. >> reporter: the sheriff and the student, one trying to enforce the law, the other trying to stay a step ahead of it. angelica hernandez, the little girl who couldn't speak english begins work ones her master's degrees at stanford. >> reporter: she graduated from arizona state despite losing the scholarship twice because of arizona laws restricting benefits for illegal immigrants. >> being a documented, it's something that gives you so many different qualities and strengthens you because you learn to overcome so many things. >> reporter: now she's filling out paperwork to apply for president obama's deferred action program giving temporary legal status to young illegal immigrants. >> it is an election year so we don't know if he did it because of that or, you know, he's trying to get the latino vote, but in the end we knew it was a
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win for us. >> reporter: not for babeau who sees it as an unenforceable federal mandate and another lure bringing hundreds of thousands of people through his county illegally. >> president obama wants to talk about what do we do with these 10 to 20 million people. well, a lot of americans, including myself, say before we have that discussion, let's secure the border. we as a country have not enforced the law. and because of that, we're at the situation we're at today. >> reporter: hernandez is ineligible for a driver's license in arizona. on this day she's going to have a photo taken for her deferred action application essentially breaking the law to become illegal. she worries mitt romney would end the program when she finishes grad school. babeau worries president obama will legalize more illegal immigrants and keep his deputies busy chasing smugglers. casey wyand, arizona. this is cnn breaking news.
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this bit of news just in to cnn. we understand the u.s. delegation will not be attending mahmoud ahmadinejad's speech. he's expected to give his big speech later this afternoon. no u.s. officials will be in the audience to hear him. it will walk out. we'll keep you posted if anything new develops. no big names were expected to be there anyway, but the rest of the delegation decided to walk out as well. we're going to take a quick break. we'll be back with much more. jack, you're a little boring.
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all right. a pretty incredible picture. this is what the protests look like outside the united nations building in new york city. you see that's actually the syrian flag. these people are protesting. they're trying to get one of our producers to a live camera. she's in the middle of that somewhere, but as you know, mahmoud ahmadinejad, the iranian president, is expected to address the assembly in 1/2 hour to 45 minutes. we learned that the u.s. delegation will not be attending ahmadinejad's speech.
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the producer is walking off the podium. when we get her up and she has information for us, we'll pass it along. we just wanted to show you these large protests going on right now outside the united nations building in new york city. all right. let's talk about politics. more politics, actually. out on the campaign trail, both candidates are hitting the key battleground state of ohio today. they're hitting it hard. mitt romney's bus tour makes three stops while president obama makes two. after a new quinnipi ni peipiac shows president obama leading by 10 points. ohio is a must win for the romney campaign. no republican presidential candidate has ever won the white house without winning the state of ohio. cnn political director mark preston is in washington. so that's a pretty stunning poll, don't you think? >> it is, carol. it's got to be disturbing for
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the romney campaign. when you dig into the numbers a little bit deeper, you see that president obama has a 15 point advantage over mitt romney when it comes to women and mitt romney only has an 8 point advantage over barack obama when it comes to men. even more startling, for somebody who is trying to make this campaign all about the economy, when the question was asked who would do a better job handling the economy, barack obama comes in at 51%. mitt romney 45%. you know what, carol, he did try to make that case today. just a short time ago mitt romney at a campaign rally tried to sell this argument to his supporters. let's take a listen. >> i don't believe we can afford four more years like the last four years and the reason i believe that after the debates, after the campaigns, after all of the ads are over, the people of ohio are going to say loud and clear on november 6th, we can't afford four more years. we must do better. >> you know what, carol, at this rally he tried to offer a five
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point plan that he said would get the economy back on track. much of it was republican talking points we've heard in the past. more domestic energy production. better environment for small business. criticism of the teacher unions among others. >> mark preston reporting live from washington. president obama also making stops in ohio today at two universities, actually. he'll be at bowling green university and kent state university. according to the new poll, one thing the president does not have to worry about, it appears, is the youth vote. according to the new poll that we mentioned, president obama is ahead of romney by a staggering 35 points among voters under the age of 35. white house correspondent dan lothian live in washington. dan, i found it kind of interesting that the president is going to visit kent state and bowling green and not, let's say, ohio state. kent and bowling green are more in blue collar areas of the state of ohio. columbus is more white collar. >> that's right. what you see is the president reaching out to younger voters
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as you were pointing out. they have strong support among this group. there had been a lot of concern earlier on whether or not the president could recapture some of the enthusiasm that he had among young people back in 2008. some of them were frustrated, disappointed with this administration and had sort of raised some concerns about where their support would come in this election. so you've seen the president spend a lot of time on college campuses talking about pell grants, talking about making it easier for students to be able to afford to go to college. really trying to, again, recapture some of the strong support that he had in 2008 among young people who were critical to that election victory. >> dan, i'm sorry. i'm distracted because we have breaking news out of new york city with protesters. i did hear a little bit of what you were saying. we went to kent state university live and the president is getting a massive reception there so it appears that young
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voters are enthusiastic. the big question is whether they go to the polls and actually vote. >> that's right. it's not just young people that the president is seeing in terms of ohio. he's also seeing just voters in general sort of buying into the president's message there. you pointed out the poll numbers that we're seeing in that critical state of ohio. the president has been there 39 times since taking office. by our count 13 times so far this year. that gives you an idea of how important that state is. and the message that the president again will be hammering away on today will be his economic recovery message. you hear him talk so much about the auto bailout, which is important to the voters in ohio because that is a state that's very dependent on the auto industry. you look at the unemployment rate there. about a year ago, in 2011, the unemployment rate was at 8.8%. this past august the numbers came out, unemployment rate now at 7.2%.
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the president, his message is that this auto bailout is part of the recovery story. you'll hear the president talk about that today during his two stops in ohio. >> dan lothian reporting live from the white house. thank you, dan. >> as i said, we are keeping an eye on the protests outside the united nation's building in new york city. our producer, we found her in that crowd. she'll join us after the break. ♪
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ahmadinejad once again use his trip to the u.n. not to address the legitimate aspirations of the iranian people but to instead spout paranoid theories and repulsive slurs against israel. this is from aaron pelton. the u.s. delegation will not be there when president ahmadinejad speaks. we'll find out about the protesters. karen kalid is live in new york city. tell us about the protests. >> reporter: carol, if there was ever any question about how polarizing president ahmadinejad is, this protest is a testament to that fact. take a look behind me. this crowd is already in the thousands. expected to reach up to 10,000 today. we're not quite sure about that number just yet, and i should also mention that this is a combination rally, not just to
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oppose ahmadinejad and his message and his full speed ahead plan for a nuclear iran but also against bashar al assad and in favor of syria and stopping the civil war in syria. also among the protesters are those celebrating the fact that a revolutionary group known as mek has also been told as of last week that they are going to be removed from the state department. so it's a congress glom mer rags of all of those different movements, but all of these people are protesting the fact that he'll be taking the global stage in an hour. >> help us understand why syrians may be protesting iran. i see that people may be upset that iran is supposedly supplying arms to the syrian government.
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>> reporter: absolutely. that's the problem in the middle east. it is a big rally as well. lots of people are here who are supposed to appear. i have pictures of people who are fighting for freedom in syria. lots of people over there that have family here and those family members are among those in this rally who are protesting what's happening in syria as well as iran support. >> all right. thanks for filling us in. as you know, there's a terrible civil war going on right now in syria. many people, many leaders, including our own, calling for the ouster of president assad who allegedly has been killing his own people in an effort to keep his seat. we'll have much more on the protests outside the united nations in the hours to come on cnn. of course, we'll be covering mahmoud ahmadinejad's speech which will come your way in a half hour. let's talk football, huh. banning the replacement refs,
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after the debacle. they're pushing for talks between the nfl and reg gu ler refs. steve sweeney is going one step farther. he's introducing a bill in new jersey to ban replacement refs from giants and jets home games. i talked with him last hour and asked him why he's getting involved. >> because honestly the nfl's committing consumer fraud on the public. you know, they can put anybody in a uniform and say they're referees, they're not. people spend a lot of money to go to nfl games and there's a lot of money invested in nfl games and they're committing fraud right now on the public and it's not right. you know, we license boxing officials to make sure that the boxers are safe. these players' health is at risk and it's just wrong what the nfl is doing. you know, during the summer they said they would never allow these refs to go into the league. they're in the league. it's week three. i was on the radio with the
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commissioner of the lingerie football league yesterday and he told me that some of the people tharp actually officiating these games were fired from his league. so that's what we have in a game that we really truly enjoyed. it's not fair to the consumer, that's why. >> well, i'd like to ask you this. in the end when all is said and done, it's just a football game, right? >> sure it is. look, there's a whole lot of important things to do right now focused on trying to raise the minimum wage in the state of new jersey but, again, this is about consumers. this is fraud being committed in this entire country. it's not fair to the people that actually support this league. we got sued by the nfl when we passed a law to throw out sports betting in new jersey because their issue was the integrity of the game. you can't have it both ways. you can't have fake officials. we can put a uniform on and do better what they're doing. they're high school lingerie
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league officials tharp fired. fraud is when you pay for something and you get a lesser product than you paid for. this is wrong. >> so bottom line, mike, what chances does this bill that you've introduced -- have you introduced it yet? i'm not sure. what are the chances that it will pass the new jersey states legislature and that chris christie will sign it into lawn? >> i haven't spoken to him. i'm the senate president and i'll pass it there. i'll work with the assembly to get it passed. this is a fairness issue. this is wrong. players' safety is at risk. let's get beyond this. do the right thing by the american public. these guys are billionaire owners. how about thinking about their fans for once. >> the new york giernts, by the way, are thanking sweeney for his concern but say they are hopeful negotiators can reach a deal. a car with no driver. sounds like something, you know, out of the future, but you could see driverless cars on the road
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clarification to our lead story on new home sales. the government has revised those figures now. we want to bring the new numbers to you. they're not quite as optimistic. new home sales are actually down point 3%. previously those reported numbers were up at the top of the hour. go to cnn money for complete reporting on new home sales. if you're in california and you see a a car traveling without a driver, do not be alarmed.